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Belknap One-Room Schoolhouse25 July 2014 -- 206/365Johnston, Rhode IslandDating to 1897, this well preserved one-room schoolhouse sits near the center of what was once the Belknap Village section of Johnston.  As is common in every one-room schoolhouse I've seen, there are two front entrances to the building.  This was not a safety feature as would be true in a building built today, but was rather a means of segregating the sexes.  Girls entered through the door on the left, and boys entered through the door on the right.  I always found this concept amusing, since there was no gender segregation once inside the building.  This image is a tone-mapped HDR (High Dynamic Range) composite of 9 images taken in 1-stop increments.  Tone-mapping was performed in Photomatix Pro and the resulting TIF brought into PSE.  The black and white conversion started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX.  I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, boost black, boost white, and protect highlights.  A levels adjustment was added in PSE.
12 August 2011 Compost - interesting colours and texures
Stormy seas at Peel, Isle of Man.
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The Artist's Viewpoint20 June 2014 -- 171/365Providence, Rhode IslandI planned to do a bit of street photography at lunch today, so I parked at the Roger Williams National Memorial as usual.  There were about a half-dozen artists there painting various scenes around the Memorial.  They are taking art lessons at Hamilton House, an adult learning exchange in Providence that offers a wide variety of art related courses for adults over age 55.  The artists at the Memorial today were working in different mediums, ranging from oils to washes to - as in this photo - acrylics.  One woman works in "water based oils" which is a concept I'm really going to have to research since the term seems chemically contradictory in nature.  Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX.  I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, details, boost black, and boost white. A levels adjustment was added in PSE.
September 23, 2007    Fog in the forest.
"Heavenly Swing"   “The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation that you ever had.”~Anonymous~
 Old barn near Gray Eagle Ca 266
11/05/09 - Historic Yates Mill Pond at Sunset  I posted a picture of the actual water wheel in my gallery earlier this year.  In this picture, you can't see the wheel, but you get this lovely reflection instead.  After Joey's flu shot, I decided to make the best of a wonderful afternoon and go for a quick hike around the mill pond.  Unfortunately, we were really there a good 30-60 minutes too late to be taking good pictures.  I had to bump up the saturation on this one to improve the color.      This is the same shot taken on 10/26 last year when the sun was better and the tree closest to the mill still had yellow leaves on it.  http://fotomom.smugmug.com/Yates-Mill-Pond/Yates-Mill-Photo-Contest-2009/7088136_34LZC#454338880_TdGL2  In both cases, the sky looks better in the reflection than in the final shot.  I'm not sure how to get around that...especially in last night's picture when the sky really didn't have much blue in it.      We still have not had a frost or freeze at my house, but it look like it's coming Friday night into Saturday.  I am storing ceramic bird baths and pots and taking in fragile plants that I can save.      I sure wish today was Friday...  HAGD,  Maryann
Yates Mill Pond - December 26, 2010
Pondering Significance22 July 2014 -- 203/365Lincoln, Rhode IslandYears ago, I worked with someone that had a few signature phrases.  For instance, at lunch he would go downcity to "cruise the earth."  While daydreaming, he would say he was "pondering significance."  At Christmas, he gave his boss a set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figurines, and he once had an interesting cubical war with another coworker involving little green army men and very large rubber spiders.  I should mention that programmers tend to have very warped senses of humor.  In any case, while driving through Lincoln Woods today, I spotted this guy just relaxing along the dam and staring off into nothing.  It immediately brought "pondering significance" to mind, and it just begged for a photo.  You see the results.Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX.  I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, boost black, details, and protect highlights.  A levels adjustment was added in PSE.
Shredded24 July 2014 -- 205/365East Providence, Rhode IslandI went to the location of the old Crescent Park boardwalk, destroyed in 1954's Hurricane Carol, looking for interesting photo opportunities.  It was low tied, so I was able to walk the beach a bit.  This piece of driftwood leaning against one of the old boardwalk pilings caught my interest.  One wonders what storm ripped that branch off a tree, but given the amount of shredding it was certainly violent.  I love driftwood shots to begin with, and this branch had some interesting character that I thought would work well in black and white.Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX.  I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, boost black, boost white, and protect highlights.  A levels adjustment was added in PSE.

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Photo by: Martin Capps · See photo in original gallery.

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